Are you a fan of baby movies? Need a little incentive to take the plunge into motherhood? Perhaps you already jumped and you’re looking for something to watch while you put those swollen legs up for a rest. No matter where you happen to sit on the motherhood spectrum, there is something to seeing the combination of super cute babies and your favorite actors and actresses in movies about babies. There’s something infinitely moving about watching how infants grow up in other lands; something hilarious about a bunch of guys trying to do what a single woman would with far less fuss.
So next time you’re having trouble sleeping over the ruckus in your uterus, turn on one of these baby movies and get your fix.
This 2010 documentary chronicles the first year in the life of four babies in four different countries, and highlights how similar babies are and how colorfully different their cultures are.
This is one of the funniest baby movies out there. Real life supermoms and hilarious comedians, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, star in this romp about surrogate motherhood and friendship.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting
A Hollywood A-list studded cast drives this survey of pregnancy and birthing experiences among various couples.
Three Men and a Baby
One of the classic movies about babies starring three 1980s hunks — Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson—as consummate bachelors left in charge of an infant. The movie sets out to create mommy porn: three good-looking guys trying (but failing) to replace a skilled mom.
Baby’s Day Out
This 1994 comedy is a sort of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for infants, and under the premise of a kidnapping instead of a hooky day.
The Business of Being Born
While this Ricki Lake-produced documentary exposes some of the harsher realities of the birthing industry in the U.S. right now, it is an important investigation for those women who want to be fully informed and exercise their choices in perinatal care and birth.
In this 1987 film Diane Keaton plays a career woman whose life gets flipped around when she inherits custody of an infant from a relative. Perhaps the first of the mainstream movies about babies to show the tension between family and career for women, this comedy oscillates between cliché and keen observation.
From infants to late teens, this classic is equally funny and true in its depiction of four adult siblings and their various offspring, and all of the nuanced relationships in between.
Footage of a Normal Birth
If you like real baby movies, try watching footage of a normal birth. Depending on your experience with seeing childbirth on film, this can be a pretty graphic experience. But there is something quite empowering about watching someone manage birth and herself become empowered.
Meet the Fockers
It’s divine to see Robert De Niro’s gruffness melt away in the presence of his onscreen grandchild.
Look Who’s Talking
Starring a very cute baby whose thoughts sound like Bruce Willis, this late 80’s comedy features Kirstie Alley as the mom and John Travolta as her unlikely partner.
Julianne Moore and Hugh Grant star as a couple trying to survive a surprise pregnancy.
Father of the Bride 2
In this sequel to the Banks’ daughter borderline slapstick wedding, Steve Martin reprises his role as nervous patriarch, this time navigating the double news of an imminent grandchild arriving concurrently with another child of his own. Diane Keaton stars as his pregnant wife and almost grandma.
Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson head up the cast in this British rom-com about a couple having difficulty conceiving.
Ellen Page’s breakout role about a high school girl who accidentally gets pregnant and in the process of deciding what to do about the baby, learns a lot about what it means to want to be a parent. It features phenomenal performances by Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons and Jason Bateman.